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Great Lakes Bioinformatics Consortium (GLBC)
Contributing Tier Affiliate

Contact: Daisuke Kihara This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Geographical area included: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Quebec, and Wisconsin

Leadership Structure: Conference Steering Committee:

Bruce Aronow, Children's Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati
Gary Bader, University of Toronto
Tanya Berger-Wolf, University of Illinois at Chicago
Robert Blumenthal, University of Toledo
Sorin Draghici, Wayne State University
Bruno Gaeta, University of New South Wales (Ex Officio)
Elodie Ghedin, New York University
Anthony Gitter, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Daisuke Kihara, Purdue University
Jundong Liu, Ohio University
Francisco Melo Ledermann, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (Ex Officio)
John Parkinson, Hospital for Sick Children
Predrag Radivojac, Indiana University
Sushmita Roy, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Russell Schwartz, Carnegie Mellon University (Co-chair)
Lonnie Welch, Ohio University (Co-chair)

GLBIO 2021 Program Chairs:

Dan Knights, University of Minnesota
Chad Myers, University of Minnesota

GLBIO 2021 Publication Chairs:

Sarath Chandra Janga, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Shaun Mahony, Pennsylvania State University
Tijana Milenkovic, University of Notre Dame

GLBIO 2021 Poster Chairs:

Catherine Putonti, Loyola University Chicago
Guenter Tusch, Grand Valley State University

GLBIO 2021 Travel Fellowship Chairs:

Serdar Bozdag, Marquette University
Layla Oesper, Carleton College

Goals: The Great Lakes Bioinformatics Consortium strives to enhance educational opportunities and research infrastructure throughout the region, to make the Great Lakes a world leader in bioinformatics and to facilitate new discoveries in data-intensive biological research. The Consortium has chosen to center its activities on the Great Lakes Regional Bioinformatics Conference (GLBIO), and to accomplish its goals as an affiliate society through that meeting. This includes providing a venue for regional scientists and other interested attendees to meet and share research results, providing a platform for discussion on topics of shared interest through conference activities and special sessions, and providing opportunities for students to present their work at a local scientific meeting and interact with other scientists and potential future employers.

Brief history: Over the past decade, there have been 3 independent initiatives that have culminated in this proposal to form the Great Lakes Bioinformatics Consortium. Starting in 2002, there was a Michigan based "Great Lakes Bioinformatics Retreat" that was sponsored and hosted by the Michigan Center for Biological Information (MCBI) a Michigan Life Science Corridor funded initiative led by Dr. Brian Athey. This program held yearly retreats, from 2002-2006, with keynote speakers, and student oral presentations; the locations were primarily in Michigan. There was a board of directors for a proposed Great Lakes Bioinformatics Consortium that first convened in August, 2004 and consisted of representatives from most of the great lakes bioinformatics programs which are outlined in this proposal. The Consortium did not reach critical mass, and may have been too Michigan-centric; however, there remains a strong interest in regional networking and collaboration and professional engagement.

A second initiative is the Midwest Symposium on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. MSCBB is an ongoing conference series, which held 1-day meetings in Illinois in 2007 and 2008, attracting over 300 attendees. The meetings included keynote speakers, invited talks, and student poster presentations. Merit based student poster awards were given during the meetings. Registration fees were waived, to encourage the participation of students. Future meetings are planned. The MSCBB Chair is Prof. Ping Ma of University of Illinois, and the conference committee consists of faculty from universities in Indiana, Illinois and Michigan.

A third initiative was created in Ohio. Ohio researchers, educators and industry leaders collaboratively organized the annual Ohio Collaborative Conferences on Bioinformatics (OCCBIO), with its inaugural meeting in June 2006. In August 2007, the OCCBIO conference leadership formally united to form the Ohio Bioinformatics Consortium; OBC leveraged the existing statewide research community to enhance Ohio’s role in bioinformatics education and research. In May 2008 the consortium was awarded $9M from the University System of Ohio and 12 academic institutions. The funds provide scholarships for five years to hundreds of graduate and undergraduate students who study bioinformatics in universities across the state of Ohio.

The Great Lakes Bioinformatics Consortium devotes itself primarily to running the GLBIO conference, which occurs annually with some exceptions. The meeting serves as an annual meeting for tutorials, oral and poster presentations of new research. The meeting will also serve as an informal communication and networking forum for professional development of members (faculty and students). We believe that by bringing together the Great Lakes bioinformatics community on a regular basis, many new initiatives will be born. It was decided that the meeting would be canceled when ISMB is in the Great Lakes Region (2018 and 2020) in favor of a virtual presence at ISMB.

Currently, planning is ongoing for GLBIO 2023, intended to be held in Minneapolis in May 2021. We now expect this to be an online or hybrid meeting, with planning actively underway.

Activities and programs that demonstrate the advancement of bioinformatics and computational biology:
The Consortium's activities are centered on the GLBIO conference. Information on the previous GLBIO can be found here:


Last Updated December 24, 2021

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Red Mexicana de Bioinformática (Mexican Network of Bioinformatics),  RMB (in Spanish), BioNetMX (in English)
Contributing Tier Affiliate

Contact: Maribel Hernández Rosales
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tel: +52 442 1976590

Geographical area included: Mexico

Leadership Structure: Dr. Alejandra Medina Rivera, president
Dr. Maribel Hernández Rosales, secretary
Dr. Irma Martínez, treasurer and teaching node leader
Dr. Julio Collado, honorific member
MSc. Shirley Alquicira, administration
Dr. Yalbi I. Balderas Martínez, membership node leader
Dr. Dulce Valdivia, membership assistant
Dr. Michael Jeziorsky, Dr. Raúl Baptista, Dr. Selene Fernández Valverde, MSc. Alfredo Hernández courses organizer
Dr. Joselyn Chavez, CDSB organizer
MSc. Jair García, social network manager
Dr. Alfredo Varela, MSc. César Bonavides, Founder member

Goals: The BioNetMX emerged in 2018 as the interests of a group of scientists to unify the different groups doing bioinformatics in the country. The formalization of the network became real in July of that year with the participation of students and junior and senior researchers.

The BioNetMX has as a mission to foster the development and expansion of the bioinformatics culture in Mexico, under ethical principles of collective and organized interaction, and the vision to become a model for collaboration in bioinformatics that can be imitated by other networks in Mexico and Latin America.

Short 2-3 hour courses:
Introduction to R & RStudio.
Navigating and harnessing the power of the Tidyverse.
Visualizing data using the ggplot grammar.
Managing reports and documentation in R markdown.
Overview to analyze RNA-seq data with R.
Exploring data interactively: plotly & iSEE.
Gene set enrichment analysis in R.
How to create a R/Bioconductor software package.
Graph generation with ggplot2
Data manipulation with dplyr and tidyr
Week-long workshops:
Assembling and annotation of genomes and metagenomes.
Introduction to R and RStudio.
Assembling and annotation of genomes and metagenomes.
Workflows with RStudio and creating Shiny apps.
Analysis of single-cell RNA-seq data with R and Bioconductor.
Assembling and annotation of genomes and metagenomes.
Workshop in Advanced Bioinformatics

Activities and programs that demonstrate the advancement of bioinformatics and computational biology:
International Conference in November 2022
Workshop in Advanced Bioinformatics, February 2022
Mensual mini courses
Collaborations (UUSMB, CDSB, NNB-CCG, Rladies México)

Last Updated September 13, 2022

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